Wednesday 3 June 2020

Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Word for today
The Gospel of Mark 12:18-27

Misled

Although faithful to the law of Moses, some Sadducees who did not believe in the resurrection after death wanted to trap Jesus with a paradoxical hypothesis. They had no real desire to understand or to know how things move in God's scheme of things. They simply wanted to test Jesus and to ridicule Him, using his uncertainty to confirm their argument. How Jesus answered the Sadducees shows us a precise and effective method to understand the truths of life and avoid misunderstandings. He reveals to us that knowledge can be reached by reading two books in a meditative and perceptive way: The first book is God's power which man can see, touch, approach, and catch a glimpse of in the artwork and wisdom of creation. The second book is God's wisdom that man can see, touch, approach, and catch a glimpse of in the power of God's revealed Word, the Bible. Jesus tells us that the two books are always in perfect, absolute, preordained consistency, because they have been written by the same hand and the same divineheart. What one of the two books reveals about life created by God will always and forever be harmoniously connected and completed by the other and vice versa. Only the ignorance and stupid arrogance of the associative mind, prejudiced and uncapable of loving, can make the mistake of contradicting the knowledge derived from the two books, since they belong to the same, divine, generating principle. Jesus reveals in a simple way using inescapable evidence that life God has created is for life and not death, and those who love and believe in God cannot but regard resurrection as a normal and necessary step, because God's children live forever. Jesus also tells us how man can be misled by his intelligence. The Sadducees were misled not because they did not believe in the resurrection, but because they used their intelligence to doubt God, His power, His greatness and His wisdom. Using intelligence to think ill of God is the most dangerous mistake because it reduces the  unbelievable potential of the human mind to that of a mop used to clean the floor.